Thales Group

Human Factors in Rail Cyber Security


The majority of cyber security incidents cite the human element as a contributory factor. Information Security systems that rely on operators remembering lengthy, complicated passwords and following procedures that do not consider job requirements or psychological motivations, are not adequate protection. Computerised signalling and electrical control systems increase vulnerability to cyber attack. Further technological advances could exacerbate this vulnerability. The Cyber Human Error Assessment Tool (CHEAT) is a structured approach capturing human-related risks in cyber security.

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